Mark Twain 100 Years Later, a Branson, Missouri favorite, is coming to the Groton Senior Center on Sunday, September 23, at 2 p.m. The performance features Dave Ehlert exploring Twain’s life story wound around his famous quotes.
Dave Ehlert began performing in 1967. Since 1994, he has operated the first theatre ever built in the tourist mecca of Branson, MO. There, his act includes tributes to Elvis, Tom Jones, Neil Diamond, Liberace, Willie Nelson, Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles, Hank Williams and many more. In 2004, he was “drafted” into the role of Mark Twain when the scheduled performer was unable to make it. He had one week to gather all of the Twain background he could find and then walked on stage in full character, cigar in hand. For the first time in over 30 years, Dave felt something different on stage. He felt very nervous! He looked out at the audience and remained silent for two solid minutes. Then, as Mr. Twain himself said of his own first lecture, “I began to speak.”
And speak he did. Performing six Twain programs a week for the first year in Branson and then taking Twain on the road to theatres and libraries in 38 states, he has become absorbed in everything Twain. Please plan to join us for this special performance co-sponsored by the Groton Public Library and the Groton Senior Center. Free and open to the public. No reservations are required.